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Forest Society of Maine names new executive director

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BANGOR — The Forest Society of Maine Board of Directors named Karin Tilberg as the organization’s new executive director during the December board meeting. The Forest Society of Maine (FSM) is a land trust with a focus on conserving forest land throughout Maine’s North Woods.

Tilberg has worked for FSM since 2011 as the deputy executive director to oversee and implement FSM’s expanded presence in the Moosehead Lake region and to work with forestland owners to design and implement conservation projects. In her new role as executive director she will oversee the entire organization and help guide its continued growth as Maine’s land trust for the North Woods.

According to George Jacobson, FSM board president, “Through her previous work Karin has developed a keen awareness of the struggles, challenges, and opportunities facing forestland owners and communities in the North Woods. She has worked with businesses, local leaders, outdoor organizations, and others in designing and completing complex conservation projects intended to enhance public access, fish and wildlife habitat, and sustainable forestry.”

“We at Robbins Lumber have always been big supporters of the Forest Society of Maine. They were the primary organization that helped us put a conservation easement on our land near Nicatous Lake. We and they believe in preserving the working forest and access for public recreation. The Forest Society of Maine has always been blessed with great leadership. Karin Tilberg has a great conservation background and we are sure she will provide continued great leadership to FSM in the future. We are excited about her appointment and look forward to working with her,” said Jim Robbins Sr., retired president of Robbins Lumber.

Tilberg earned a B.S. in wildlife biology from the University of Vermont and a J.D. from the University of Maine School of Law. Before joining FSM, she worked in state government as deputy commissioner of the Department of Conservation and as a senior advisor for Gov. John Baldacci. In these positions, Tilberg worked with numerous landowners, partners and community leaders to conserve Maine’s natural resources. In addition to having worked in many different regions of Maine, she is an active outdoorswoman and has spent her adult life working and recreating throughout the state.

“I am very grateful to be named the new executive director of Forest Society of Maine,” Tilberg said. “I am dedicated to building on the strong foundation created by my predecessor and inspiring conservation leader, Alan Hutchinson. This new role will give me the chance to further the mission of the Forest Society of Maine, and to reach out to all who have a connection to Maine’s North Woods –whether it be through land ownership, work, research, or recreation.”

The mission of the Forest Society of Maine (FSM) is to conserve Maine’s forestlands in a manner that sustains the ecological, economic, cultural, and recreational values of the Maine woods. As Maine’s land trust for the North Woods, FSM focuses its efforts to promote the conservation of functional, working forest landscapes with multiple social and ecological values. For more information, please go to www.fsmaine.org.

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